The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O'Neill:
With an amused wink at HOPE.
Now, listen, Jimmy, you needn’t go on. We’ve all heard that story about how you came back to Cape Town and found her in the hay with a staff officer. We know you like to believe that was what started you on the booze and ruined your life.
I—I’m talking to Harry. Will you kindly keep out of—
With a pitiful defiance.
My life is not ruined!